Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
My name is Rowena Rede and I’m 34 years young.
Fiona: Where are you from?
I grew up in Kentucky (USA) and currently live in West Virginia (USA). I have family in both states so I split my time pretty equally between the two.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
Before becoming a full-time writer, I attended Marshall University majoring in History with the aim to become a teacher, while I loved studying, I realized pretty quickly that a career in education wasn’t right for me. I then transitioned to a nursing field and worked as a Surgical Technician and then as a Veterinary Technician.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart and have two little daughters. When I’m not writing, I’m chasing them and running our small farm.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
My first published story will be out in August! It’s a collaborative short story and I couldn’t be more excited. The character I created for that story will be getting his own series this autumn.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always been interested in writing. As a child, I often locked myself in my room and filled notebooks front to back with stories. I was more obsessed with television writing then and even tried to write my own soap opera once! As a ten-year-old, I found that particular task to be a little out of my skill set at the time.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Actually, right now. I’m giving my first interview with you, Ms. Fiona, so now I feel like I’ve accomplished something.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I’ve started and stopped so many books, but this one came about because of my love of the tv show Supernatural and all things involving mystery and suspense. My husband is also the inspiration for the main character (Thatcher) in my latest book and the series that will be coming out in the future.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Thatcher has a sense of humor and subsequently, when he forms his agency, he realizes if he uses the first initial of all his business partner’s last names it spells out TMI as in, “That’s really TMI, and inappropriate to tell someone.” It’s a lame joke, but he finds it amusing and so do I so my series is subtitled, TMI,Inc
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
I’m a pantster. I have tried outlining and I find when I do that, I lose interest in the story. Being a pantster keeps it exciting. I find that the downside to this method is that you get stuck frequently but I’m always amused at what I come up with.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My books are completely fiction, especially since they involve monsters, ghosts, and supernatural powers. My characters’ personalities’ are loosely based on people I know.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
No, I don’t have to travel, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to. I would love to be able to go on location and write my stories.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
For The Michigan Dogman Files, Derek Borne, my co-author designed the cover. My TMI series is being designed by Molly Phipps at We Got You Covered.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Probably the idea of Chosen Family being just as valid as a biological family. My mother and grandmothers have always been a great example of loving your friends just as much as you would love your biological relatives. Family is what you make of it, or to quote the character Bobby Singer from Supernatural, “Family Don’t End In Blood.”
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
Onley James is an m/m romance writer who really got me interested in reading romance novels again. I also really love Christine Pope, Stacey Rourke, and Kate Danley as writers of my genre (Urban Fantasy and Paranormal) They always have strong female characters who hold their own against the monsters in their worlds.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
There are so many! Derek Borne, a fellow author, is responsible for my debut so he definitely gets kudos for that. My writing tribe as a whole is so supportive though. I love them all.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, it’s an unpredictable career, but I put just as much work into it as I did my regular 9-5 jobs.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would have written it sooner!
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Yes, I learned that I’m not the only writer out there that has self-doubt when it comes to their book babies.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
I have three main characters so I would want Chris Evans to play Thatcher, Cheyanne Jackson to play Ison, and Demi Lovato to play Maya.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Find your core support group to help you when through when you have self-doubts. People who will give you late night pep talks and send you random pictures of shady locations in their cities because you needed it for research, and those friends that absolutely don’t think your story ideas are banannas.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Thank you for EVERYTHING! You all have made my lifelong dream a reality.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
For Lenova by Ruth Juliano
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder was the first one I remember but I probably read something before that, I was always reading something.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I love absurd comedy and pretty much any meme you throw at me. I cry at every Disney film.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Just one? Oh wow, it’s a toss between Daniel Levy or Misha Collins! I love them both onscreen and offscreen. They both seem like amazing and kind people. Misha is so philanthropic which I also admire.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
I’m a pop culture junkie. I want to know what’s going on with everyone everywhere in all possible ways. I’m constantly watching tv, movies, reading magazines, and on twitter trying to keep up.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I love action films, horror, paranormal, suspense, and absurdist comedies. Schitt’s Creek, Supernatural, Good Omens, Stranger Things, and anything Marvelrelated.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
I absolutely love Indian and Asian cuisine. The spicier the better. Black and Purple are my favorite colors, and I love all types of music.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
I would go back to the medical field but I hope I’m always writing.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my closest friends and family somewhere special just reminiscing and enjoying each other’s company.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I’ve never thought about it. I hope I come up with something funny and clever by the time that day comes though.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
I have a website: www.rowenarede.com and you can follow me on Amazon USA :